Carolyn Mitchell’s Off The Beaten Path


The inspiration for this design comes from sitting under a wharf or dock looking out onto the lake or ocean with the sun shining in your eyes. You close them tight and circles appear. The design features geometrics in an asymmetrical presentation, creating depth and the play with circles. This also could be viewed as outer space with space debris. Whatever way you want to look at it, this intriguing design offers a possible glimpse of life seen through tangled objects and beyond. Ideal for the intermediate stitcher, it is an enjoyable design to stitch!

This is a study of circles for canvas work and how to achieve them. It includes an assortment of techniques, stitches, fibers, beads and crystals in various sizes stitched on #18 Santa Fe Sage mono canvas.

The fibers include Watercolours, Waterlilies, Soie Cristale, #5 perle cotton, floss, Kreinik #8 and #12 Metallic Braid, plus Very Velvet Petite. Students are welcomed to do this design in their own color ways.

The prominent elements capture your eye due to the simple background. A large variety of stitches,  including oblong cross, rice, knotted, Smyrna cross, eyelets, couching, open criss-cross, fishbone, satin, Jessica, spider, waffles, cashmere, flat, Milanese, and Gobelin are used to create the “tangles”.

Students have the choice of one long design measuring 4” by 18.5” with 1.5” space between the designs or three smaller separate designs with one design measuring 4” by 4” and the other two designs measuring 4” by 5.75”. The smaller designs are ideal for three small pictures or make great box tops or a mixture of both.

The instruction book is included in the registration fee and will be sent electronically. See materials list for the list of threads that were used to stitch the model. Students can make their own color selection.

The class will be done totally electronically and printed copies will not be available.

If you have always wanted to be able to make great circles in your needlework and create a unique geometric-- join Carolyn for this workshop.

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Level: Intermediate
Time: Four months
Design Size:

Stitching area is 4” x 18.5” or one 4” x 4” and two 4” x 5.75”

Schedule for Posting of Lessons:
To give students time to work each portion before the next lesson is released, lessons will be posted on February 1st, March 1st, April 1st, May 1st. The Cyber chat list will be available until the end of the month.

For details on threads and other supplies, see the Materials List Page.

The "classroom" for the ANG CyberWorkshop will be a dedicated e-mail list (Yahoo group) where the teacher will post the lessons (text only) and students can post questions and comments about the class. In addition, the teacher may post visual aids (stitched samples, expanded charts, etc.). The e-mail list will be created after registration closes. Based on past experience, the amount of traffic on this e-mail list varies throughout the class. At the beginning of the class, students can expect to receive more than a dozen messages on some days. As the class continues, there are usually significantly fewer messages. The class fee includes access to the dedicated e-mail list. Because the class lessons will be posted to this e-mail list, students participating in an ANG CyberWorkshop must have a unique e-mail address.

Please note: a minimum level of computer knowledge is required. You should know how to use your e-mail program and how to access a password-protected Web site. ANG is not responsible for teaching these skills.

You will be getting e-mail from the teacher, the angel, and other students in the class. You may not recognize the e-mail addresses from which the messages have been sent, but all will have a subject line that clearly identifies the message as being part of the CyberWorkshop. DO NOT put blocks on any of these addresses. If you do not wish to receive the CyberWorkshop messages at your regular address, please set up a separate account at one of the free Web-based e-mail services, and make sure that the Class Angel has that address.

Registration ends on November 30, 2014. The first lesson will be posted February 1, 2015. This will be a four-month workshop. There will not be a critique at the end of the workshop.

Prices for This CyberWorkshop:

The instruction booklet will be sent electronically.

The following fee is for US, Canadian and International members:

Class fees, course booklet (delivered electronically): $75.00

You can pay by (using your credit card), check (made out to ANG), or Master Card or Visa (sent by postal mail or fax).

All payments are final.

You must be an ANG member to participate. Please include your membership number when registering for the class. If possible, include a copy of the mailing label from your most recent copy of Needle Pointers. If a label is not available, make sure you have included your membership number. If you are not a brand-new member, please contact the Membership Office to find out your number.

If you are not currently an ANG member and wish to participate in this CyberWorkshop, you can join ANG. You may include payment for membership using any of the payment methods below, and the form at Join ANG.

Brand-new members: If paying for your new ANG membership by PayPal, once you've added a membership to your shopping cart, please return to this page, enter "00000" as your membership number, and add the CyberWorkshop to your cart. If you will be paying for your new ANG membership in some other way, please insert "NEW MEMBER" in the ANG Membership Number box on the CyberWorkshop Registration Printout Form (links are below).

You will receive an e-mail from the Class Angel after your registration is processed.

If you have questions about the class or registration, send an e-mail to the Class Angel.

Registration Process:

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ANG CyberWorkshop
2424 American Lane
Madison, WI  53704-3102
Fax: 608-443-2474

Your completed registration form and check or credit card information must be received by November 30, 2014.

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